Program Overview


The course that is offered spans over a period of 19 weeks. This means, that we are able to offer two consecutive courses each year. Why so long would one ask? The reason behind covering such a vast amount of competencies is, that a true difference in behaviours and thinking styles can only be achieved through constant intervention over a longer period of time. The different topics are presented by various industry professional and ex-offenders that have experienced the Heart Work Course first hand, and that have lived through the personal change that they have adopted in their lives.


Each topic is presented weekly that consists of an interactive presentation, which is followed by the participants begin split up into smaller groups that aid them to share their needs and understanding of the presented topic. Moreover, weekly written homework needs to be completed in order to motivate the participants to search their personal lives and to work on their personal development throughout the week.


Each participant is also scored on their overall involvement during the course that includes attendance, homework and overall participation. Each score is leveled against a sten-scale that represents the normal distribution in the Correctional Centers. It is therefore possible for the participants to fail the course due to their unwillingness to receive personal development and change. This is regulated by strict rules and guidelines in order to ensure that our report holds weight.

Topics that are covered over the 19 week period


Life Purpose: Induction where rules, procedures, expectations are discussed

Intrapersonal Skills


•  Journaling: Different kind of journaling aspects, journaling ideas, benefits of journaling

•  Feelings: Being in touch with own feelings and role of feelings in behaviour

•  Boundaries: Protect self, protect others, healthy and unhealthy boundaries

•  Loss: Identify different kinds of loss, losses in prison, mourning and coping strategies

•  Anger Management: Understanding origin of anger, inward and outward anger, appropriate response v harmful expression

•  Growing-up stages: Erickson’s developmental stages as guideline in understanding their upbringing and how it affected their    
   decision making

•  Domestic Violence: Teaching the circle of abuse at home

•  Guilt and Shame: Taking personal responsibility for behaviour, distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy guilt,
   management strategies

•  Forgiveness: Decision- not a feeling, pattern of behaviour, forgive others and self, asking for forgiveness

•  Who am I:  The Enneagram is a powerful and dynamic personality system that describes nine distinct and fundamentally
   different patterns of thinking feeling, and acting. We use this to aid the participant to identify their individual differences,
   their key strengths and possible weaknesses.


Intrapersonal Skills


•  Parenting: Parenting from prison, relationship and communication to children

•  Communication: Different kind of communications, value in communication

•  Conflict Resolution: Listening skills, de-escalating tension, responsible confrontation, personal understanding of own response

•  Emotional Intelligence: Understanding relationship in social context


Workplace Skills


•  Goal setting: Planned lives give purpose, control, passion, and empowerment

•  Financial Management: Learning to spend for the correct reasons

•  Entrepreneurship: Dream it and you can do it – starting your own business

•  Job application: Do what you love and LOVE what you do!




Here, a day is organized to give the participants a chance to share their personal development with their immediate family members, to ask for forgiveness, and to stand for their involvement in the crimes committed.

Heart Work  |  Registration No: 058 396 (Section 21 company)  |  PBO Registration:  930026937 (Section 18A)